Since moving this blog, we’ve gotten a lot more, well, random information and pr coming in, and it’s becoming harder and harder to figure out what’s cool and what isn’t. There is so much amazing stuff happening every minute, and luckily we have Twitter, Facebook, SquareSpace and LinkedIn to tell us all about it. But it is getting harder to figure out what’s the REAL coolness – the true cutting edge of visionary consumption — and what’s just clogging the old pipes. In the spirit of discovery, we offer you three things that have been offered to us as cool — we’ll leave it to you, the reader to VOTE upon which is actually cool. And please feel free to defend your answer in the comments:
CONTESTANT #1: The Winter Olympics Biathlon!
The 2010 Winter Olympics may be over (one of the best ever) but the eternal appeal of women wearing lycra, skiing around and shooting things will linger with us for a long, long time. A timeless mixture of sex, violence and endurance that speaks to that it mean to be human and living in a nordic climate. BONUS: Canada’s TRON-inspired uniforms!
Contestant #2: PLASTIC BEACH
New Gorillaz album streaming at NPR. Damon Albarn supplies music and friends (Snoop Dogg, Bobby Womack, Lou Reed, Mos Def, Super Furry Animals’ Gruff Rhys, Little Dragon, The Lebanese National Orchestra) while Jamie Hewlett supplies the visuals and band. “Plastic Beach” is a bit more tuneful and elegiac than the last two outings and has already spawned some nifty toon videos.
Contestant #3: BIG BANG THEORY T-SHIRTS
Apparently there is a website where you can buy the t-shirts worn buy Sheldon and other characters from the Big Bang Theory, the CBS sitcom about super-genius nerds who strive to fight their own alienation and become functioning members of society, meaning they can go to the local bar without being laughed at. Many of these t-shirts achingly capture the isolation of modern man, as he is both emboldened and imprisoned by technology.
And now it’s time to VOTE!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.